Archives for November, 2007

Since its discovery, only a few countries have really been affected by Ebola. The virus has surfaced multiple times in the Democractic Republic of Congo, in Sudan, in Gabon, and now in Uganda. This country was last hit (and hit hard) by Ebola in 2000, when an outbreak there caused at least 425 cases, and…

Over at Correlations, I have a post up describing the case of a Liberian immigrant who’s been jailed in New York for the importation of bushmeat. She’s arguing that to punish her for this is in violation of her first amendment right to freedom of religion. More at the link…

Like the gift that never stops giving, the Discovery Institute is taking its dog and pony show on the road, and heading right here to Iowa in order to plead (via press conference) Discovery Institute fellow Guillermo Gonzalez‘s case for tenure. You may recall the Iowa State assistant professor of astronomy was denied tenure there…

Revere has been covering the situation in Indonesia regarding sharing of influenza viruses with the US and other countries. For those of you who don’t follow these issues, Indonesia has been the country hardest hit thus far by H5N1 (113 cases and 91 deaths as of 11/12/07). However, while one might think they would welcome…

Grand Rounds 4.10

Apologies for the lack of posting; been a busy fall here. I’ll have a real post up later today; in the meantime, I’ll note that the latest edition of Grand Rounds is up over at Prudence, M.D.

It still amazes me sometimes what viruses are capable of doing. I’ve written a number of times about one virus in particular, the human papilloma virus (HPV). This is the virus implicated in cervical cancer, and it also plays a role in head and neck cancers. There are a number of different strains of HPV–some…

Help save the Tasmanian devil

Last month, I wrote an update on the strange cancer affecting Tasmanian devils–a tumor cell that’s taken on a life of its own, and is spreading through the population as the animals fight. Now, via PZ comes something you can do to help–donate and help to save this species: Help the Tasmanian devil with 6…

Now that a proposed increase of funding to NIH has again been shot down, scientists have to once again face the reality of intense competition for very scarce funds. However, the process of awarding research grants is, well, a bit crazy. Scientists work for months on a grant, drafting, revising, trying to winnow it down…

Evil Monkey has the scoop.

A study in contrasts

Two recent stories highlight the good and the bad when it comes to infectious disease prevention. The good Death rates for vaccine-preventable diseases are at an all-time low: The study, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (link), is the first time…